042 / Nongan, Karangasem, Bali
There are 6 elementary schools, 5 pre-schools, 1 vocational school, and 2 kindergartens in the vicinity, but zero libraries with books for children. The local government once helped them by providing a mobile library but they rarely come to their village.
Therefore Mr. Sumaryayasa plans to convert a small part of their banjar (community center) into a library. Now they are waiting for our “green books” to arrive. They plan to open every day, but they expect more traffic on Sundays when a Balinese dance lesson takes place. After this activity kids will be encouraged to read before going home. Regarding the environmental problems, waste management is the main issue. There is also a will to learn about composting.
The Eco-Education Center Manager didn’t get back to us lately. The books will be relocated to another Center soon.